how do you lift yourself out of a funk?

United States
October 1, 2009 8:00pm CST
I weaned off of Prozac in January of this year, so my DH and I could have a baby....still waiting for the baby (had a miscarriage a few months ago), but in the meantime I had to quit my job due to stress/anxiety....I think I could have tolerated my job more if I had been on anti-depressants. Now I am starting to go through the process of looking for a new job, but feel pretty down and out emotionally What do you do to alleviate depressive symptoms naturally? I'm giving myself till December and then I will go back on pills if needed :)
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@KrauseHome (35026)
• United States
3 Oct 09
Personally this can be a hard thing to deal with for sure, and something that you and your husband need to talk about as well. But personally I have been where you are with wanting to be off meds, but feeling out of it. I luckily with God's help have been off any antidepressants for over 11 yrs. now, and even on my worst days I know I am best off like this. I have actually found a natural wellness product that has personally helped me to be able to cope easier. For me it is a lot better even on my worst days doing this naturally that any meds could ever be. I guess for you, it is something more to search out as well. Wishing you the Best.
@doormouse (4619)
2 Oct 09
sorry to hear bout the miscarriage,a loss like that will make your emotional state worse,i've tried coming off my meds a couple of times,but it didn't work,i always end up back on them within weeks,there are lots of herbs and stuff that help with mood fluctuation,go to your local health and herbal shop for advice
• India
2 Oct 09
I am going through a divorce and I am also fighting for the custody of my four year old son, who at present is with his father. I understand thoroughly what you mean by depression. However I try to overcome it by talking to people i.e. friends and family and feel much better about myself. I am also trying to take up a well paying job and until then keep myself involved with my hobbies of knitting and crochet. It is a great relief to have hobbies and someone to talk to. Try it!!
@indybaty (373)
• Panama
2 Oct 09
Hi weezina, I wanted to write earlier but then my stupid cellphone didnt work. This is what I do and it helps me out a great deal. I hope that this may help you too. I suffer from depression as well, I use to be in lithium though, yet I hated the feeling from it, felt like a zombie. Now, when I feel given up worn out emotionally and all, normally, I dont feel like doing anything at all.. to alleviate some of the depression symptoms, what I do, is that I write, and begin to do a list of things that I would want to do, and a list of things that I dont like to do. I later do a selfevaluation of myself. Write out my posiive notes, and begin to lower the negative ones... I stop self criticizing myself or blaming myself for everything... and that is the hardest part. I write down, the good things that I have about me, and the more I write it, the more I realize that Im out of the funk. I later then do one of the things that I made on my list that I want to do. And take my time. And what Im going to do its something that is relaxing like massaging mhy feet, or taking a nice warm bath, and make sure you dont stress yourself for a while. That can help a lot. Hope it helps you. Happy Mylotting
@bettydeng5 (1709)
• China
2 Oct 09
I think you are so deeply into your stress and anxiety, you should release yourself from the bottom of heart, if you can't do that, you will do exercise everyday, and tell youself you will happy and live a free life without stress and anxiety, try it, best wishes.
2 Oct 09
So sorry about your situation. it's a difficult one, but positive thinking, and talking to friends might help. Do you have a good friend, you can really let go of your feelings to? Going for long walks is good for stress and anxiety also, it worked wonders for me. I don't really know what else to suggest, may doing yoga? I hear this is good also. I hope you feel better soon
• United States
2 Oct 09
Spending time with friends can help. Also, the left hemisphere of the brain is key to alleviating depression. So, if you do things like crossword puzzles or number puzzles or logic games, that can help alleviate depression. Just exercise the left hemisphere of your brain (the logical and verbal side). Taking part in regular exercise can also be good for alleviating depression. Just take a walk for thirty minutes a day, or any sort of moderate exercise. Make sure you don't sleep too much. Too much sleep can make depression worse.